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Gwyneth Hayward

Mrs Gwyneth Hayward

Lecturer: Physiotherapy (Welsh/Bilingual)

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29225 11786
Ty Dewi Sant, Room 2.17, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Welsh speaking


Up until July 2022 I worked part-time as a First Contact Practitioner (physiotherapist) in a Primary Care Cluster in West Wales. I ventured into the academic world as a lecturer in Cardiff University four years ago, after completing my Non- Medical Prescribing modules. I have since completed my MSc Physiotherapy with distinction and I achieved my FHEA accreditation in 2021. My post in Cardiff was initially part-funded by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, to support Welsh speaking students and to develop bilingual resources in the undergraduate programme. I am passionate about supporting the next generation of physiotherapists as well as encouraging clinicians and postgraduate students to remain life-long learners.


My research focuses on the qualitative study of student perceptions and experiences relating to Welsh language provision and integration into the curriculum. I am also interested in Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMS) relating to physiotherapy.


Until recently, I have predominantly supported the undergraduate programme - in practical teaching sessions of anatomy and physiotherapy practical skills as well as in a module related to physiotherapy in health and society. I will be supporting a third-year module related to physiotherapy practice and employment this year and I am supervising two undergraduate students with their dissertations. They are looking at the 'Active Offer ' as it relates to their peers. I am particularly proud to be a personal tutor as well - both to Welsh and English speakers. My postgraduate teaching role has developed in the last year. I will be teaching on the Pre-Registration Physiotherapy (MSc) programme and I also support the FCP module, as well as supervising MSc students with their dissertations. The Welsh language role means that I am involved with marking submissions from students undertaking the incentive scholarship form Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - where they are studying a third of their programme in Welsh. My role in student admissions is rewarding and enjoy supporting Open Days and Career events. 


I went to Llanycrwys Primary School and then Lampeter Comprehensive before I ventured across the border for my further education at North East London Polytechnic and The London Hospital in 1984-1988. Our course was one of the early Physiotherapy Degree programmes and I graduated with a BSC (Hons) and a distinction in clinical practice. Morriston Hospital was my first place of employment and this gave me a great grounding as a foundation for my career. I worked on further rotational posts in Bronglais, Aberystwyth before specialising in Outpatient Physiotherapy in a small, rural health centre in Lampeter, which was subsequently relocated to Lampeter Surgery. I have worked closely with many members of the multi-disciplinary team, and this gave me the support network to extend my role into Independent Prescribing and eventually to work as part of the Primary Care Team in North Ceredigion. I gained my FHEA qualification last year, and in July 2022 I decided to focus on my lecturing role in Cardiff University. I work three and four days on alternate weeks.

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